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2021 Commencement FAQs


It is our goal to ensure students, faculty, and staff are healthy and safe. In keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to avoid large gatherings, and based on the state of Maryland’s barring any event involving more than 250 people, we made the difficult decision to move the 2021 Commencement events to a virtual celebration.
Students can return any unopened, non-custom regalia to Jostens for a full refund. They will, however, be responsible for any shipping costs associated with the transaction. Refunds can (and probably will) take up to 90 days to process. Please contact Jostens by phone, at 1-800-854-7464 to discuss the return/refund process.
The 2021 ceremony will not be rescheduled; however, we are working on hosting a virtual ceremony. We will share more details on the virtual event soon. Also, we will invite all 2020 graduates and 2021 graduates to join us for the 2022 events. More information about the 2022 event will be forthcoming.
Yes, the date for Commencement 2021 is June 18, 2022. We will send out a save the date email with additional details regarding plans for the 2022 events in the fall of 2021.
Please contact the airline to discuss refund options.

The Gaylord’s reservation and cancellation policies can be found here:

Marriot Flexible Cancellation

If you booked a room at a different hotel, please contact them for their cancellation policy.

Official diplomas are mailed after each conferral.  For more information on diplomas, please view your student handbook:

Student handbook

Award winners will be contacted by April 1, 2021 and information will be shared regarding Commencement 2021 activities and benefits for award winners.
Yes, we are working to host a virtual ceremony; stay tuned for more details on this event.

Yes, you can plan your own private ceremony. In a private ceremony, you can choose who you would like to conduct the ceremony, such as a commander, supervisor, mentor, etc.

Upon request, we will provide you with the following: a ceremonial diploma, an optional script and additional items to make your private ceremony special.

To request a private ceremony kit, please complete this online form:

Private ceremony request form

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